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2009/10 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF1042 Museum and Country House Studies 2: Introduction to Museum Studies

20 creditsClass Size: 51

Module manager: Dr Abigail Harrison Moore

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2009/10


ARTF1041Museum/Country House Studies 1

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

- Are you interested in the decorative arts (furniture, textiles, wallcoverings, ceramics etc) architecture, sculpture or fine art?- Do you enjoy visiting country houses, museums and art galleries? - Have you ever stopped to think about the role that these institutions and objects play in contemporary cultures? - What relevance do they have for people today? - Are they really 'part of our heritage' and, if so, what does this mean? - What issues are involved in curating and displaying collections? This module offers you the opportunity to explore these and other questions through the consideration of recent theories and practices. Emphasis is placed on working directly with collections and the module will include study visits to: Harewood House; Leeds City Art Gallery; The Thackeray Medical Museum; The Henry Moore Institute and Centre for the Study of Sculpture; The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford; Temple Newsam House; Lotherton Hall.Assessment: 1 x 1 hour exam (100%) and 1 x 1,500-2,000 word compulsory but non-assessed essay.


On completion of this module, students should:
- have acquired a basic understanding of the museum in history and in the contemporary cultural marketplace;
- be acquainted with key texts of the secondary literature of museology and museum history;
- begin to develop an ability to analyse the current ideologies and methods which inform the presentation of objects to visitors in museums.

Skills outcomes
- Verbal and written fluency in constructing a logical and coherent argument
- Use of audio visual aids
- Participation in group discussions
- Co-ordination and dissemination of a range of historical, contextual visual information
- Using bibliographies and databases.


This module provides students with an introduction to museum studies with a distinct focus on visiting local museums and art galleries. The module examines the social formation of museums from their development in the private collections of the 17th century to the present day. Museums are studied thematically and theoretically.

Students consider interpretation, communication, education, display, market research and visitor reaction, building a portfolio of knowledge which highlights different elements of museum work.

Visits are made to Leeds City Art Gallery, the Henry Moore Institute and Sculpture Galleries, the Thackray Medical Museum and the Bradford Museum of Film and Photography.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours178.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

178 hours reading, class/essay/presentation preparation

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Presentations
- Contributions to class discussion
- Registers taken
- Attendance at tutorials, lectures and visits
- Compulsory but non-assessed essay (2,000 - 3,000 words) at end of module.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/04/2010


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